Wednesday, 30 November 2016

At the Sport Arena.

Bull fights are traced  back to the Roman times. These fights took place in the Colosseum where all the major events took place. The sport is almost two thousand years old. The hunter instinct in man is still not tamed and the sport is still pursued with much adventure all over the world. The Las Vegas bull fights are the biggest living legends and no animal blood is shed. In India bull fighting or " Jallikattu" as it is called is a traditional sport of the harvest festival. It is a big hit in the rural areas and watched with much gusto. Animal activists are against the sport. The Supreme Court has banned the practice citing animal welfare issues. The ritual bull fight has been permenantly outlawed in India. People for the Ethical treatment of animals have welcomed the court order. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

I love cars.

The automotive industry is certainly thriving. Cars are becoming an important possession of the common man. Certain countries are well connected by good transport system like Europe. In the United States where distances are vast cars are a necessary and coveted possession. Used cars are very common. And autodealerships are as common as apple pie. When I was a new immigrant in the United States the autodealerships were our favourite haunt on many a sunny day. I loved the autodealerships with their shiny cars. We would trudge along the vast expanse and examine the  cars with interest. GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota are the most prided dealerships in the United States. These dealerships offer excellent employment opportunities to a lot of young men. The friendly work environment and perks make it an exciting place to work. Some of the most talked about dealerships are built like theme parks. Used cars an all American concept and a pride of these dealerships are becoming more common.

Riding the digital wave.

The internet era started thirty years ago and we have all become technology wizards. The computer has helped us to lead more organised lifestyles. There has been no looking back. Smartphones have also simplified our lifestyle as we become more and more App friendly everyday. Even the taxi service is glorified using the Ola and Uber apps. E ticketing has made our travel easier. Online shopping has kept us spell bound. Soon wired homes will become a reality. Intelligent homes where all appliances are techy savy and everything connects to the internet. With technology taking us by storm such homes will help us to lead an easier life. The internet is going to be the answer to our very basic needs and make us lead more sophisticated lives than ever before.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

" Thank you for the Music".

Any form of creativity lightens up the soul. Music specially gives flight to the imagination and lightens the heart. What ever academic pursuits there are we should indulge in some extracurricular. Music is an excellent way to bond with the soul. Music seems to be the answer to the stressful life of today. Music therapy seems to be the answer for many psychological problems. The demise of Balamurali Krishna was heartrending. A great stalwart of the times. He combined sophisticated vocal skills and patterns of classical music with entertainment value. Though he belonged to the Carnatic fraternity he was a revolutionary. He sang songs in French and there was jazz fusion too. A musician whose voice will be remembered  for many more years to come. A musical genius whose voice will be heard for ever. 

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A space Holiday.

As monotony sets in holidays are becoming important stress busters. As man becomes more and more adventurous, space has also become a sought after holiday destination.Space missions to Mars are already been planned excitedly. One never imagined that almost forty seven years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, we would explore other planets and set camp. It's been all euphoria and excitement for NASA scientists after traces of water were found in the red planet. People are already booking themselves on the much talked about space holiday which costs 35 billion for a return twenty month flight. The holiday promises adventure treks to canyons, rock climbing and sun kissed beaches. It's seems dreamlike to imagine ourselves in the red planet lounging in Lilo chairs with sunscreens of SPF 5000. A lot of progress has been made and soon it will be just like travelling to a nearby country.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Demonetisation 2016

The country has been under a lot of excitement the last few weeks following the demonetisation wave. The country has seen similar currency devaluation in the ninteen forties and under the Morarji Desai government in 1978. Following the cash crunch there has been widespread panic and unrest. Queues in ATMs for basic survival. The poor are mostly affected specially, the people in the rural areas. The industries are running into trouble with low cash in flow. As in case of any emergency rapes, suicides are creating widespread panic. The demonetisation which has been to curb the flow of black money and corruption has been quite a success so far with banks receiving more than six lakh crore as deposits. Due to reduced cash flow in the country the country's GDP might fall over the current and next financial year. Since most part of real estate transactions takes place with unaccounted black money, following demonetisation real estate prices may drop significantly. People may invest more on gold as a wiser investment. Terrorists will also find it hard to crack operations with the new currency notes. The Demonetisation of 2016 has been in some ways easier than the previous years because of digital transactions. As Bill gates said demonetisation will be a big step to a more Digital India.

Monday, 21 November 2016

A peep into the future.

We are living well above our eighties. It is important to plan our future. It is important that we eat nutrient dense foods so that we can welcome aging more gracefully. With nuclear families being the trend old age seems more scary than ever before. More so the support system is fast disappearing. It is important to be agile and independent. To Maintain fitness and health is of great importance. It is important to be mentally healthy. Keep our gray cells active so that we do not fall prey to Alzeimers and Dementia. Group activities will increase one on one interaction. With youngsters moving away to foreign countries people are thinking seriously of Old Age homes. Old age homes are a home from  home where there is healthy interaction. It's an easier carefree life where the old need only interact without doing mundane daily chores. So it is wise in the middle age years to make an investment in the Old Age homes of your choice. Many attractive properties are emerging which seem to be the cosiest shelter thar the aged can move into. So the backbone of the joint family system and it's comforts is giving away to vast expanses of homes which seem a lovely retirement haven. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

An Inconvenient Truth.

Global warming.We are all anxious about this fact as the effect became more evident than ever before. More forest cover and greenery all around is how our environmentalists are combating the problem. The problem is certainly looming larger than ever before. Former Vice President Al Gore is focussing the world's attention on Climate Change and trying to find solutions.  An Inconvenient Truth is former United States Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming. It raises international public awareness of global warming and reenergizing the environment.  Al Gore spends the majority of his time as chair of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is the subject of the Oscar winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth and is the co recipient with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 for " informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."  We do not smell any fresh air anymore. Pollution is destroying our normal life balance. We see the worst effects at Beijing. Even schools and offices are closed down when the city issues the red alert. Amongst the Asian countries Delhi is worst affected. Seeing all this we wonder if the world is coming to an end again. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

I love the Chinese.

Talking about nations I am intrigued by the Japanese and Chinese. Japan for its technology and cars. The Chinese seem to be really successful. China seems to be a nice country with a lot of skyscrapers. More so it is a leading manufacturer and exporter in the world.
The Chinese dragon is also awe spiring being a symbol of power. Chinese are the most intelligent, mathematical and persevering minority world wide. Chinese share cultural tendencies with Indians in bringing up successful children by being strict with them. Amy Chua in her book "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger mother" has shared the art of raising successful kids. Chinese students are the most intelligent. I love their culture. The way they wear their low waisted jeans. I love the Chinese fried rice and the way they welcome New year with the dance of the dragon.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Thanksgiving without the Obamas.

The presidents of the United States have always been interesting and encaptured a million hearts with their charm. The first families have been of public interest for many. Right from the Jackie o days the presidents and their families have held the attention of the world. Some for their glamour, some for their good work. Than there was the Ronald regan days which kept us wonderstruck. We will certainly be missing the Obamas. They have been a charming first family with strong family values. Michelle a lawyer from New York has been a lot in the public eye with her work on adolescents. Michelle has certainly has been a great role  model. We are also going to miss their two daughters Malia and Sasha. During his eight year tenure the Obamas have instilled strong family values. We will certainly be missing them.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Hall of Fame.

People who lead are very extrovertish and have a lot of charisma. Most of them come from a political background. They also have television and film background. Fame and money come together with glitz and glamour. In the background is tinsel town. Whether it is in India or abroad most of our politicians are actors. In India most of our actors are also brand ambassadors for a lot of things. Cricket players also share a lot of publicity and get hooked on with film stars and are in the limelight. They also make good leaders more so because they have sport at their backing. In America we saw a very savy actor Ronald Reagan  being president. Another television  actor who will soon be president is Trump. The future First Lady of the United States Melania Trump is a Slovene American former model. In India we have our favourite actors like Hema Malini taking over as Raja Sabha member. Similarly Jaya Pradha followed suit. Maneka Gandhi was a Bombay Dyeing model who is a social activist and politician. So glitz glamour leaves a mark and a leader is born.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Well done America!

The United States has voted an able leader in Donald Trump, a man of many admirable qualities. A dashing man in his seventies who has a clean slate and is against drugs. He also seems like a religious man. Some spirituality always sharpens ethics and makes a better human. He seems to be a crusader of illegal immigration and against rapists and we will see a better America with less horrendous crimes. The world is seeing a lot of drug addiction and we need a wise leader to take us through and see a better world. He is cited as one of the richest men in Forbes. His presidential campaign is almost self funded and thus we see a honest man in not whiling away public money. His campaign has been very economical. Our young folk will once again learn the value of a dollar saved. This is important as we see the world resources diminishing. We are waiting with bated breath for this able leader to take the oath in jan 2017 and take the world by storm.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Election fever.

On the eve of the elections in America I can feel a lot of excitement. The United States tops as the best and most immigrant friendly nations. Since the ninteen sixties it has grown and is a prosperous nation today. The topography and the terrain is great. The states that form the United States, each have a wonderful skyline. The architectural splendour is marvellous. There has been tremendous progress since vast numbers of immigrants trotted in. The universities are great and some of the best scholars are from these universities. There is not much gender bias and women have equal power. So around the world we are all awaiting with bated breath as to which party is going to win. It seems to be a close race. The country has seen some fine presidents and First Ladies. People will have to cast their votes with presence of mind so that they will once again have a wise leader.

Friday, 4 November 2016

The Colours in your Plate.

So much has changed around us in the last twenty five years. So much in the environment. There is a hole in the ozone layer. And humans are aging faster than their forefather's. So it is important to eat healthy. Eating good healthy nutrient dense foods is important than ever before. All of us need to educate ourselves on food Science. I eat generous amounts of Super foods like Spinach and all kinds of food rich in antioxidants that fight aging and free radicalar damage. Spinach is certainly a wonder food. Popeye seems to the brand ambassador for Spinach with his bountiful energy on consuming the sumptuous leafy foliage. Children eat more veggies when seeing such inspiring cartoons. Beans are also good sources of nutrients. The red kidney bean is also a super food and is nutrient dense and helps to fight photo aging. Colours in your plate are also healthy. Eat generous portions of  purple cabbage , red bell pepper. The educated are being very adventurous and trying out new grains like Quinoia  which is very healthy. People are gorging on millets too. Food science is emerging more important than ever before as food seems like a natural healer.